Follow Up: Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes CSV

On 9th March 2019, in a follow up to DPI’s August 2018 Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes CSV to Dublin and Belfast, the participants from Tenzile Erdoğan Anatolian Imam Hatip High School organized a meeting on Conflict Resolution during which they shared their reflections on the CSV and the role of youth in the … Read moreFollow Up: Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes CSV

DPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – London & Cardiff, 3-7 March 2019

On 3-7 March, DPI carried out the latest in its series of youth engagement activities, this time a comparative study visit entitled ‘Youth Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes’. A group of Turkish youth, aged 18-35, came from all strata of professional and political society from across Turkish society (including Ankara, İstanbul, Mardin, Diyarbakır and Zonguldak), … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – London & Cardiff, 3-7 March 2019

Article by Zehra Kafkaslı “BARIŞ Düşmanı Dinlemekle Başlar” January 2019

Article by Zehra Kafkaslı. Her iki tarafın da kendini anlatma ihtiyacı, çatışma çözümlerinde hayati. Burada siyaseten kimin haklıolduğu biraz geride kalması gereken bir konu haline geliyor. Both sides need to express themselves vitally in resolving conflicts. Who’s political right here it is an issue that should be left behind. Düşmanı Dinlemekle Başlar

DPI Roundtable: ‘Peace and the Economy’, 8-10 January 2019 in London

DPI held its first activity of 2019 on 8-10th January. Entitled ‘Peace and the Economy’, this roundtable meeting was organised in cooperation with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Institute of Global Affairs and was attended by a small diverse group of Turkey’s prominent business people and organisations, including company CEO’s and … Read moreDPI Roundtable: ‘Peace and the Economy’, 8-10 January 2019 in London

DPI Roundtable: ‘The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution: Reflections on the Turkish Experience’, 18 December in Istanbul

On 18 December 2018, DPI held a roundtable meeting on ‘The role of Women in Conflict Resolution: Reflecting on the Turkish experience’ as part of DPI’s conflict resolution series focused on women’s contributions to sustaining dialogue and maintaining efforts to build peace, even in the most challenging times. The meeting was attended by a diverse … Read moreDPI Roundtable: ‘The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution: Reflections on the Turkish Experience’, 18 December in Istanbul

DPI Roundtable: Lessons learnt from the Turkish Solution Process – Rethinking the Wise Person’s Committee Experience, 22-24 November in Oslo

From 22-24 November 2018, DPI held a roundtable meeting, as planned, with former members of Turkey’s Wise Person’s Committee (WPC) to reflect on the Turkish solution process, particularly in the light of the their own experiences and contributions as members of the WPC. The meeting, which was kindly hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign … Read moreDPI Roundtable: Lessons learnt from the Turkish Solution Process – Rethinking the Wise Person’s Committee Experience, 22-24 November in Oslo

DPI Roundtable ‘The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution’, Dublin and Belfast, 16-19 October 2018

          On 16th October 2018, DPI brought a diverse group of members of the mainstream and alternative Turkish media to Dublin and Belfast to examine the role and place of the media in conflict resolution. Following on from our April meeting of the same theme, this roundtable provided a timely opportunity … Read moreDPI Roundtable ‘The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution’, Dublin and Belfast, 16-19 October 2018

DPI Roundtable ‘Lessons Learnt from International Experiences in Conflict Resolution’, Ankara 28-30 September 2018

Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey Lessons Learnt from International Experiences of Conflict Resolution Ankara, 28-30 September 2018 On 29 September, DPI held a roundtable meeting on ‘Lessons learnt from international experiences in conflict resolution’ in Ankara, Turkey.  The meeting brought together a diverse group of more than 50 participants including politicians … Read moreDPI Roundtable ‘Lessons Learnt from International Experiences in Conflict Resolution’, Ankara 28-30 September 2018

DPI Country Assessment Meeting with Turkey-based Advisors – 16 August in Brussels

On 16 August 2018, DPI held a Country Assessment Meeting with Turkey-based advisors, international members of our board and Council of Experts as well as EU representatives in Brussels, to evaluate the situation in the country, particularly regarding democratisation and resolution processes. The meeting was moderated by Kerim Yildiz, DPI CEO and Andy Carl, international … Read moreDPI Country Assessment Meeting with Turkey-based Advisors – 16 August in Brussels

DPI Assessment Meeting on the Post-Election Situation in Turkey – 8 August in London

On 8 August 2018, the Democratic Progress Institute invited two experts, Prof Dr. Vahap Coşkun and Mr Ferda Balancar, to present the post-election situation in Turkey during an informal meeting held at the DPI London office. Participants included lawyers, academics, policy makers and international conflict resolution practitioners. Prof Dr. Coşkun, Professor of Law at University … Read moreDPI Assessment Meeting on the Post-Election Situation in Turkey – 8 August in London

DPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – Dublin Belfast

From 1-5 August 2018, the Democratic Progress Institute carried out a Comparative Study Visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland that brought together a group of young participants from across Turkey’s many constituencies. Participants were exposed to the experiences of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process through a carefully designed programme that introduced concepts and … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Youth engagement in conflict resolution processes’ – Dublin Belfast

DPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Public Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes’, May 24-27 in Oslo, Norway

From May 24-27, DPI held a comparative study visit (CSV) in Oslo, Norway, to discuss ways to engage with the general public to encourage and enhance their support for resolution processes. Drawing on comparative practice, the event provided a platform for former members of Turkey’s Wise Peoples Committee (WPC) – set up by then Prime … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit ‘Public Engagement in Conflict Resolution Processes’, May 24-27 in Oslo, Norway

Assessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: A Survey of Turkish Politics Spring 2018

This assessment prepared for DPI by prominent writer, columnist and former Wise Persons’ Committee Member, Ali Bayramoğlu, explores the internal and external dimensions of the current political situation in Turkey and assesses the country’s direction and likely scenarios in terms of its political order and foreign policy. The paper contributes to DPI’s ongoing evaluation of … Read moreAssessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: A Survey of Turkish Politics Spring 2018

Roundtable – The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution. Oslo, 25-27 April, 2018.

Supporting Inclusive Dialogue at a Challenging Time in Turkey The role of media in conflict resolution Oslo, 25-27 April 2018 DPI’s latest roundtable meeting, which took place in Oslo last week, brought together a diverse group from across Turkey’s media spectrum to discuss the role of media in conflict resolution. The group comprised prominent members … Read moreRoundtable – The Role of Media in Conflict Resolution. Oslo, 25-27 April, 2018.

Assessment report by Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş: Political Processes in Turkey and their Constitutional Reflections

This assessment paper prepared for DPI by Turkish constitutional lawyer and DPI Council of Experts member, Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş, analyses efforts to democratize Turkey’s Constitution since 1982 in relation to broader democratization and resolution processes in the country. It demonstrates a link between progress in transforming the Constitution and periods of democratic reform, in … Read moreAssessment report by Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş: Political Processes in Turkey and their Constitutional Reflections

DPI Meeting with AK Party Representatives

On April 11, DPI hosted three  representatives of the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP). AK Party Deputy Chairman Mehmet Mehdi Eker, Efkan Ala (MP, Member the Central Decision and Executive Board of AK Party and former Minister of Interior) and Taner Yıldız (MP, Former Minister of Energy and Natural Resources) met with DPI advisors and … Read moreDPI Meeting with AK Party Representatives

Roundtable – Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest. Istanbul, 2-4 March, 2018

Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey On Saturday, 3 March, DPI held a roundtable meeting in Turkey to discuss women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times drawing on comparative examples from around the world, with a particular focus on the Colombian experience. The roundtable provided a platform for discussion … Read moreRoundtable – Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest. Istanbul, 2-4 March, 2018

Roundtable Meeting: Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest

        Supporting inclusive dialogue at a challenging time in Turkey FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   PRESS RELEASE – 1 March 2018   Contact: DPI’s Deputy Director Sally Holt at sholt@democraticprogress.org or Esra Elmas, Head of Turkey Programme eelmas@democraticprogress.org   ROUNDTABLE MEETING: Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: Women’s role in dialogue and conflict resolution in challenging times: Working together to address issues of common interest

Roundtable Meetings with MPs and Advisers from the Three Main Political Parties in Turkey

Over the past three weeks, we have held a series of meetings at the office in London with MPs and advisers from each of the three main political parties in Turkey – namely the AK Party, CHP and HDP. Each meeting, carried out under the Chatham House Rules, followed a similar format and was designed … Read moreRoundtable Meetings with MPs and Advisers from the Three Main Political Parties in Turkey

Meeting with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, President of CHP

On the 7th December 2017, the Democratic Progress Institute was privileged to welcome the Honourable Mr Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, leader of the Republican People’s Party, to Dartmouth House in London. Along with a delegation of CHP party members, the event saw Mr Kılıçdaroğlu engage with an array of experts with wide-ranging experiences of resolution processes, the … Read moreMeeting with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, President of CHP

Roundtable – Dialogue in Difficult Times: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution Processes , 25-27 October 2017

DPI will hold a Roundtable hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin this week from 25-27 October on the role of civil society in conflict resolution processes. The Roundtable, which will draw on experiences from Northern Ireland’s conflict and peace process, is part of DPI’s conflict resolution series on Dialogue … Read moreRoundtable – Dialogue in Difficult Times: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution Processes , 25-27 October 2017

Assessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: Politics and the Kurdish Problem in Turkey After the Constitutional Reform

This report provides an assessment of Turkey’s political structures and climate following the constitutional referendum of 16 April 2017. It considers possibilities of a potential resolution process or return to politics with regard to the Kurdish issue, and analyses the opportunities, situations and actors that might actualize this potential. This assessment was prepared for the Democratic progress Institute … Read moreAssessment report by Ali Bayramoğlu: Politics and the Kurdish Problem in Turkey After the Constitutional Reform

Comparative Study Visit Report: Peace & the Economy – The Role of Business and the Private Sector in Peace Processes. Dublin and Belfast, July 10-13, 2017.

 From July 10 to 13th 2017  DPI carried out a comparative study visit to Dublin and Belfast for senior members of Turkey’s business community to learn about the role of business in the Northern Ireland peace process and the effect of peace on the economy.  Topics discussed included the benefits of peace for the Northern … Read moreComparative Study Visit Report: Peace & the Economy – The Role of Business and the Private Sector in Peace Processes. Dublin and Belfast, July 10-13, 2017.

Roundtable – Series on Conflict Resolution in Turkey: Dynamics, Actors, Opportunities and Challenges, London, 16-18 August 2017

  Last week DPI conducted two days of roundtable meetings with prominent experts and public opinion leaders from Turkey to assess and analyse the current situation regarding the work and process of conflict resolution in Turkey. The participants are also leading members of the Dialogue Group which was established in May 2016 and comprises former … Read moreRoundtable – Series on Conflict Resolution in Turkey: Dynamics, Actors, Opportunities and Challenges, London, 16-18 August 2017

DPI Roundtable in Ankara: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution – 29 July 2017

On Saturday, 29 July 2017, DPI held a roundtable meeting in Ankara, Turkey to discuss the role of women in conflict resolution from the comparative example of Northern Ireland. Participants included Members of Parliament, prominent journalists, leading academics, constitutional lawyers, and representatives of women’s business organisations.  Speakers Avila Kilmurray and Jane Morrice, two founding members … Read moreDPI Roundtable in Ankara: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution – 29 July 2017

DPI Comparative Study to Dublin and Belfast 10 – 13 July 2017

This past week DPI carried out a comparative study visit to Dublin and Belfast for senior members of Turkey’s business community to learn about the role of business in the Northern Ireland peace process and the effect of peace on the economy.  Topics discussed included the benefits of peace for the Northern Ireland economy, how … Read moreDPI Comparative Study to Dublin and Belfast 10 – 13 July 2017

DPI meeting with the President of Turkey

Last week in Ankara, a DPI representative and a member of the Advisory Board together with other members of the Turkey Democracy Platform (TDP met with the President of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. At this high-level meeting, the DPI representatives briefed President Erdoğan in relation to DPI’s work, such as the numerous activities in … Read moreDPI meeting with the President of Turkey

Roundtable Meeting: ‘Conflict, Crisis and the role of the Media’, Geneva, 18-20 November 2016

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) held a roundtable meeting last weekend in Geneva, bringing together senior journalists and cultural figures from across Turkey’s socio-political spectrum, to discuss the role of the media in conflict resolution. The roundtable facilitated expertise and knowledge sharing from international speakers, including Tom Kelly, former official spokesman for Tony Blair, Owen … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘Conflict, Crisis and the role of the Media’, Geneva, 18-20 November 2016

Roundtable Meeting, Dublin and Belfast, 7-11 October 2016 Keeping dialogue alive – how to get a process back on track in the aftermath of a major crisis? The Irish experience from a gendered perspective

This four-day roundtable brought together MPs, senior advisors, lawyers, academics, media representatives and civil society leaders from across Turkey’s political and cultural spectra to discuss the issue of incorporating and integrating women into peace processes and conflict resolution, in particular in times of crisis. It follows on from DPI’s last event, which took place in … Read moreRoundtable Meeting, Dublin and Belfast, 7-11 October 2016 Keeping dialogue alive – how to get a process back on track in the aftermath of a major crisis? The Irish experience from a gendered perspective

Roundtable Meeting: ‘Incorporating and Integrating Women in Peace processes and Conflict Resolution’, Ankara, 15-17 July 2016

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), held a roundtable meeting last weekend in Ankara, bringing together participants from across Turkey’s political and cultural spectra to discuss the issue of incorporating and integrating women into peace processes and conflict resolution. The roundtable provided experience and knowledge-sharing from international speakers, Avila Kilmurray and Jane Morrice, influential members of … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘Incorporating and Integrating Women in Peace processes and Conflict Resolution’, Ankara, 15-17 July 2016

Roundtable meeting in Diyarbakir, Turkey, with DPI speakers

DPI assisted with the facilitation of a recent roundtable meeting in Diyarbakir, focusing on comparative learnings from the Philippines’ experience of conflict resolution. Speakers included David Gorman, who has worked extensively on the Philippines peace process among other international peace processes.

Comparative Study Visit on Police Reform and Accountability: London and Belfast, 9 – 13 May 2016

DPI recently carried out a comparative study visit, in partnership with Turkey based think tank PODEM, to London and Belfast. The visit comprised a series of roundtable meetings from 9 to 13 May 2016, addressing the topic of ‘Towards Advocating Police Monitoring Mechanisms in Turkey’ through an exploration of policing accountability and oversight bodies in … Read moreComparative Study Visit on Police Reform and Accountability: London and Belfast, 9 – 13 May 2016

Comparative Study Visit: Colombia, 16 – 23 April 2016

The Democratic Progress Institute last week carried out a comparative study visit to Colombia to explore the peace process currently under way in Havana between the Government and the armed group, FARC. Participants met with key actors from both sides of the process, including Colombian President Santos, senior actors and negotiators from around the table … Read moreComparative Study Visit: Colombia, 16 – 23 April 2016

Comparative Study Visit: Ireland, 19-24 March 2016

The Democratic Progress Institute last week carried out a Comparative Study Visit to Dublin, Dundalk and Belfast from 19 to 24 March as part of the Institute’s Turkey programme. This visit explored themes relating to “getting a process back on track in challenging times”, addressing topics such as timing and choreography of a peace process, … Read moreComparative Study Visit: Ireland, 19-24 March 2016

New Democratic Progress Institute Gender Policy Document

We are delighted to announce DPI’s new Gender Policy document, which outlines our commitment to supporting gender equality and the principles expressed in international agreements and the Sustainable Development Goals. It applies both to all of the Institute’s activities and research, as well as to our internal organisational systems and practices. This Policy has been … Read moreNew Democratic Progress Institute Gender Policy Document

Roundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – A Continued Conversation on International Experiences’

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), in partnership with Istanbul Bilgi University’s Centre for Conflict Resolution Studies and Research held a roundtable meeting this weekend in Istanbul, continuing conversation on the subject of ‘getting a process back on track’ in times of crisis. Invitees in this event included senior representatives of all of Turkey’s main political … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – A Continued Conversation on International Experiences’

In memory of Tahir Elçi

DPI is extremely sad to learn of the death of Tahir Elci, Head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association in Turkey. Mr Elçi was a valued friend of the Institute and a participant in our activities; our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

Roundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – International Experiences’

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) will hold a roundtable meeting this weekend in Ankara, on the subject of ‘getting a process back on track’ in times of crisis. Invitees in this event include members of Turkey’s wise persons commission; some of Turkey’s most renowned journalists and media personalities; representatives from civil society including from women’s … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘Getting a Process back on Track – International Experiences’

Interactive Conflict Map

DPI launches interactive conflict map, providing key information on individual conflict situations globally. See here: http://www.democraticprogress.org/publications-2/world-conflict-database/

Tunisia

            Full Official Name: Republic of Tunisia Region: Northern Africa Capital: Tunis Population: 11,037,225 Ethnic Groups: Arab 98%, European 1%, Jewish and other 1% Languages: Arabic (Official), French, and Berber Religions: Sunni Muslim Government: Unicameral Parliamentary Republic Legislature: Assembly of the Representatives of the People _____ A. Insurgency in the Maghreb Type … Read moreTunisia

Russia

          Full Official Name: Russian Federation Region: Eastern Europe Capital: Moscow Population: 142,423,773 Ethnic Groups: Russian 77.7%, Tatar 3.7%, Ukrainian 1.4%, Bashkir 1.1%, Chuvash 1%, Chechen 1%, other 10.2%, unspecified 3.9% Languages: Russian (official) 96.3%, Dolgang 5.3%, German 1.5%, Chechen 1%, Tatar 3%, other 10.3% Religions: Russian Orthodox, Muslim, other Christian Government: Federal Semi-Presidential Constitutional … Read moreRussia

Ukraine

          Full Official Name: Ukraine Region: Eastern Europe Capital: Kiev Population: 44,429,471 Ethnic Groups: Ukrainian 77.8%, Russian 17.3%, Belarusian 0.6%, Moldovan 0.5%, Crimean Tatar 0.5%, Bulgarian 0.4%, Hungarian 0.3%, Romanian 0.3%, Polish 0.3%, Jewish 0.2%, other 1.8% Languages: Ukrainian (official) 67.5%, Russian 29.6%, other 2.9% Religions: Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox – Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP), Ukrainian Orthodox … Read moreUkraine

Mexico

          Full Official Name: United Mexican States Region: North America Capital: Mexico City Population: 121,736,809 Ethnic Groups: Mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 62%, predominantly Amerindian 21%, Amerindian 7%, other 10% Languages: Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8% Religions: Roman Catholic 82.7%, Pentecostal 1.6%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.4%, other Evangelical Churches 5%, … Read moreMexico

Philippines

        Full Official Name: Republic of the Philippines Region: Southeast Asia Capital: Manila Population: 100,998,376 Ethnic Groups: Tagalog 28.1%, Cebuano 13.1%, Ilocano 9%, Bisaya/Binisaya 7.6%, Hiligaynon Ilonggo 7.5%, Bikol 6%, Waray 3.4%, other 25.3% Languages: Filipino/Tagalog (Official), English (official) Religions: Catholic 82.9%, Muslim 5%, Evangelical 2.8%, Iglesia ni Kristo 2.3%, other Christian 4.5%, other 1.8%, unspecified … Read morePhilippines

Myanmar

          Official Full Name: Union of Myanmar Region: Southeast Asia Capital: Naypyidaw Population: 56,320,206 Ethnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5% Languages: Burmese (official) Religions: Buddhist 89%, Christian 4% (Baptist 3%, Roman Catholic 1%), Muslim 4%, Animist 1%, other 2% Government: Presidential Republic Legislature: … Read moreMyanmar

Thailand

          Official Full Name: Kingdom of Thailand Region: Southeast Asia Capital: Bangkok Population: 67,976,405 Ethnic Groups: Thai 95.9%, Burmese 2%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.9% Languages: Thai (official) 90.7%, Burmese 1.3%, other 8% Religions: Buddhist (official) 93.6%, Muslim 4.9%, Christian 1.2%, other 0.2%, none 0.1% Government: Constitutional Monarchy Under Military Junta Legislature: National Assembly (Currently Dissolved) … Read moreThailand

India

          Official Full Name: Republic of India Region: South Asia Capital: New Delhi Population: 1,251,695,584 Ethnic Groups: Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3% Languages: Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9% … Read moreIndia

Pakistan

        Official Full Name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan Region: South Asia Capital: Islamabad Population: 199,085,847 Ethnic Groups: Punjabi 44.68%, Pashtun 15.42%, Sindhi 14.1%, Sariaki 8.38%, Muhajirs 7.57%, Balochi 3.57%, other 6.28% Languages: Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Saraiki 10%, Pashto 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balochi 3%, Hindko 2%, Brahui 1%, English, Burushaski, and other 8% Religions: Muslim … Read morePakistan

Afghanistan

          Official Full Name: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Region: Asia Capital: Kabul Population: 32,564,342 Ethnic Groups: Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, other Languages: Afghan Persian or Dari (official) 50%, Pashto (official) 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4% Religions: Sunni Muslim 80%, Shia Muslim 19%, other 1% Government: … Read moreAfghanistan

Iran

          Official Name: Islamic Republic of Iran Region: Middle East Capital: Tehran Population: 81,824,270 Ethnic Groups: Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes Languages: Persian (official), Azeri Turkic and Turkic dialects, Kurdish, Gilaki and Mazandarani, Luri, Balochi, Arabic, other Religions: Muslim (official) 99.4% (Shia 90-95%, Sunni 5-10%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, and … Read moreIran

Yemen

          Official Full Name: Republic of Yemen Region: Middle East Capital: Sana’a (de jure, Occupied by Houthi Government) Aden (Provisional) Population: 26,737,317 Ethnic Groups: Predominantly Arabs, but also South-Asians, Afro-Arabs, and Europeans Languages: Arabic (Official) Religions: Muslim 99.1% (official; virtually all are citizens, an estimated 65% are Sunni and 35% are Shia), other … Read moreYemen

Iraq

          Full Official Name: Republic of Iraq Region: Middle East Capital: Baghdad Population: 37,056,169 Ethnic Groups: Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian, or other 5% Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish (official), Turkmen, and Assyrian, Armenian Religions: Muslim (official) 99% (Shia 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian 0.8%, Other 0.2% Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic Legislature: Council of Representatives _____ … Read moreIraq

Lebanon

          Full Official Name: Lebanese Republic Region: Middle East Capital: Beirut Population: 6,184,701 Ethnic Groups: Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1% Languages: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian Religions: Muslim 54% (27% Sunni, 27% Shia), Christian 40.5%, Druze 5.6% Government: Parliamentary Multi-Confessionalist Republic Legislature: Parliament _____ A. Syrian Civil War Spillover Type of Conflict: Spillover from … Read moreLebanon

Israel and Palestine

                  Full Official Name: State of Israel (Top Flag) State of Palestine (Bottom Flag) Region: Middle East Capital: Israel [West Jerusalem (de jure) Tel Aviv (de facto)]; Palestine [East Jerusalem (de jure) Ramallah (de facto)] Population: 8,049,314 Ethnic Groups: Israel [Jewish 75%, non-Jewish 25%]; Palestine [Palestinian Majority] Languages: … Read moreIsrael and Palestine

Syria

          Full Official Name: Syrian Arab Republic Region: Middle East Capital: Damascus Population: 17,064,854 Ethnic Groups: Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenian, and other 9.7% Languages: Arabic (official), Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian,  French, English Religions: Muslim 87% (official; includes Sunni 74% and Alawi, Ismaili, and Shia 13%), Christian 10%, Druze 3% Government: Semi-Presidential Republic Legislature: People’s Council … Read moreSyria

Turkey

          Official Full Name: Republic of Turkey Region: Middle East Capital: Ankara Population: 79,414,269 Ethnic Groups: Turkish 70-75%, Kurdish 18%, other minorities 7-12% Languages: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages Religions: Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (Christians and Jews) Government: Parliamentary Constitutional Republic Legislature: Grand National Assembly _____ A. Turkey-PKK Conflict Type of … Read moreTurkey

Mozambique

            Full Official Name: Republic of Mozambique Region: Southeastern Africa Capital: Maputo Ethnic Groups: Southeast African 99.66% (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others), Europeans 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08% Languages: Emakhuwa 25.3%, Portuguese (official) 10.7%, Xichangana 10.3%, Cisena 7.5%, Elomwe 7%, Echuwabo 5.1%, other Mozambican languages 30.1%, other 4% Religions: Roman Catholic 28.4%, … Read moreMozambique

Ethiopia

          Official Full Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Region: Eastern Africa Capital: Addis Ababa Population: 99,465,819 Ethnic Groups: Oromo 34.4%, Amhara (Amara) 27%, Somali (Somalie) 6.2%, Tigray (Tigrinya) 6.1%, Sidama 4%, Gurage 2.5%, Welaita 2.3%, Hadiya 1.7%, Afar (Affar) 1.7%, Gamo 1.5%, Gedeo 1.3%, Silte 1.3%, Kefficho 1.2%, other 10.5% Languages: Oromo 33.8%, … Read moreEthiopia

Eritrea

          Full Official Name: State of Eritrea Region: Eastern Africa Capital: Asmara Population: 6,527,689 Ethnic Groups: Tigrinya 55%, Tigre 30%, Saho 4%, Kunama 2%, Rashaida 2%, Bilen 2%, other 5% Languages: Tigrinya (official), Arabic (official), English (official), Tigre, Kunama, Afar, other Cushitic languages Religions: Muslim, Coptic Christian, Roman Catholic, Protestant Government: Single Party Presidential Republic … Read moreEritrea

Mali

          Official Full Name: Republic of Mali Region: Western Africa Capital: Bamako Population: 16,955,536 Ethnic Groups: Mande 50%, Peul 17%, Voltaic 12%, Songhai 6%, Tuareg and Moor 10%, other 5% Languages: French (official), Bambara 46.3%, Peul/foulfoulbe 9.4%, Dogon 7.2%, Maraka/soninke 6.4%, Malinke 5.6%, Sonrhai/djerma 5.6%, Minianka 4.3%, Tamacheq 3.5%, Senoufo 2.6%, unspecified 0.6%, other … Read moreMali

Burundi

        Full Official Name: Republic of Burundi Region: Central Africa Capital: Bujumbura Population: 10,742,276 Ethnic Groups: Hutu (Bantu) 85%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 14%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%, Europeans 3,000, South Asians 2,000 Languages: Kirundi 38.8% (official), French (official) 0.3%, Swahili 0.2%, English 0.06%, unspecified 60.6% Religions: Catholic 62.1%, Protestant 23.9%, Muslim 2.5%, other 3.6%, unspecified 7.9% Government: Presidential … Read moreBurundi

Libya

        Official Full Name: Libya Region: Northern Africa Capital: Tripoli Population: 6,411,776 Ethnic Groups: Berber and Arab 97%, other 3% Languages: Arabic (official), Italian, English, Berber (Nafusi, Ghadamis, Suknah, Awjilah, Tamasheq) Religions: Sunni Muslim (Official) 96.6%, Christian 2.7%, Buddhist 0.3% Government: Provisional Parliamentary Republic Legislature: Council of Deputies _____ A. Libyan Civil War (2014 – Present) Type … Read moreLibya

Egypt

          Official Full Name: Arab Republic of Egypt Region: Northern Africa Capital: Cairo Population: 88,487,396 Ethnic Groups: Egyptian 99.6%, other 0.4% Languages: Arabic (Official), English and French widely understood by the educated Religions: Predominantly Sunni Muslim 90%, Majority Coptic Christian 10% Government: Semi Presidential Republic Legislature: Currently by Presidential Decree until House of Representatives … Read moreEgypt

Chad

          Full Official Name: Republic of Chad Region: Central Africa Capital: N’Djamena Population: 11,631,456 Ethnic Groups: Sara 27.7%, Arab 12.3%, Mayo-Kebbi 11.5%, Kanem-Bornou 9%, Ouaddai 8.7%, Hadjarai 6.7%, Tandjile 6.5%, Gorane 6.3%, Fitri-Batha 4.7%, other 6.4%, unknown 0.3% (1993 Census) Languages: French (Official), Arabic (Official), Sara, and other regional languages Religions: Muslim 53.1%, Catholic … Read moreChad

Niger

            Full Official Name: Republic of Niger Region: Western Africa Capital: Niamey Population: 18,045,729 Ethnic Groups: Haoussa 55.4%, Djerma Sonrai 21%, Tuareg 9.3%, Peuhl 8.5%, Kanouri Manga 4.7%, other 1.2% (2001 Census) Languages: French (Official), Hausa, Djerma Religions: Muslim 80%, other Beliefs incl. Christianity and Indigenous Religions 20% Government: Semi-Presidential Republic Legislature: National Assembly … Read moreNiger

Cameroon

          Full Official Name: Republic of Cameroon Region: Central Africa Capital: Yaoundé Population: 23,739,218 Ethnic Groups: Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1% Languages: English (Official), French (Official), other Major African Language Groups Religions: Indigenous beliefs 40%, … Read moreCameroon

Nigeria

        Full Official Name: Federal Republic of Nigeria Region: Western Africa Capital: Abuja Population: 181,562,056 Ethnic Groups: More than 250 ethnic groups. Largest and most influential are Hausa and the Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5% Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, and other … Read moreNigeria

Sudan

        Full Official Name: Republic of the Sudan Region: Northeastern Africa Capital: Khartoum Population: 36,108,853 Ethnic Groups: Sudanese Arab, Fur, Beja, Nuba, and Fallata Religions: Sunni Muslim, Christian Minority Government: Federal Presidential Republic Legislature: National Legislature _____ A. War in Darfur Type of Conflict: Rebel Secession Conventionally Dated Period: 26 February 2003 – Present … Read moreSudan

Algeria

          Official Full Name: People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria Region: Northern Africa Capital: Algiers Population: 39,542,166 Ethnic Groups: Arab-Berber 99%, European 1% Languages: Arabic (Official), French, Berber Dialects Religions: Sunni Muslim, Various Christians Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic Legislature: Parliament of Algeria _____ A. Insurgency in the Maghreb Type of Conflict: Fundamentalist Religious … Read moreAlgeria

DR Congo

          Official Full Name: Democratic Republic of the Congo Region: Central Africa Capital: Kinshasa Population: 79,375,136 Ethnic Groups: There are more than 200 ethnic groups in which the four largest are the Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande Languages: French (Official), Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Kimbanguist, Muslim Government: … Read moreDR Congo

Central African Republic

          Official Full Name: Central African Republic Region: Central Africa Capital: Bangui Population: 5,391,539 Ethnic Groups: Baya 33%, Banda 27%, Mandjia 13%, Sara 10%, Mboum 7%, M’Baka 4%, Yakoma 4%, other 2% Languages: French (Official), Sangho, Local Tribal Languages Religions: Indigenous Beliefs, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim Government: Republic Legislature: Assemblée Nationale _____ A. … Read moreCentral African Republic

South Sudan

          Official Full Name: Republic of South Sudan Region: Eastern-Central Africa Capital: Juba Population: 12,042,910 Ethnic Groups: 35.8% Dinka, 15.6% Nuer, 48.6% Shilluk, Azande, Bari, Kakwa, Kuku, Murle, Mandari, and other local tribes. Languages: English (Official), Arabic, and Regional Languages Religions: Animist, Christian Government: Republic Legislature: National Legislature _____ A. South Sudanese Civil War Type of … Read moreSouth Sudan

Somalia

          Official Full Name: Federal Republic of Somalia Region: Eastern Africa Capital: Mogadishu Population: 10,616,380 Ethnic Groups: 85% Somali, 15% Bantu and other non-Somali Languages: Somali (Official), Arabic (Official), Italian, English Religions: Sunni Islam Government: Federal Parliamentary Republic (currently under establishment) Legislature: Golaha Shacabka Soomaaliya _____ A. War in Somalia Type of … Read moreSomalia

Comparative Study Visit: The Philippines, 20-27 June 2015

The Democratic Progress Institute carried out a Comparative Study Visit to the Philippines from 20-27 June. The Southern Philippines peace process was explored in a series of roundtables held in Manila and Cotabato (Southern Philippines). The visit included 18 participants from Turkey, including Members of Parliament from each main political party; policy makers; renowned journalists … Read moreComparative Study Visit: The Philippines, 20-27 June 2015

DPI Comparative Study to the Philippines 20-27 June 2015

The Democratic Progress Institute will carry out a Comparative Study Visit to the Philippines over the next week, to explore learnings from the Southern Philippines peace process. The visit will take place in Manila and in Mindanao, and participants will include Members of Parliament from Turkey’s main political parties; as well as policy makers; renowned … Read moreDPI Comparative Study to the Philippines 20-27 June 2015

Grand Chamber upholds complaints by Azerbaijani refugees, displaced during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Chiragov and Others v. Armenia (application no. 13216/05). The applicants in this case have been represented by a legal team headed up by Catriona Vine, Deputy Director of the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), Kerim Yildiz, Director of DPI and … Read moreGrand Chamber upholds complaints by Azerbaijani refugees, displaced during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

DPI Comparative Study Visit Report: Keeping a Process on Track (Ireland, April 2015)

This report details the discussion that took place during DPI’s Comparative Study Visit to Southern and Northern Ireland in April 2015. Participants in the visit included government advisors, policy makers, high level journalists and media personalities, academics and members of Turkey’s Wise Persons Committee. During the visit key actors from Northern Ireland’s peace process were … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit Report: Keeping a Process on Track (Ireland, April 2015)

DPI Director Kerim Yildiz takes part in High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes

DPI Director Kerim Yildiz takes part in High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes, hosted by the United Nations DPA, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) in Helsinki on 19-21 May, together with representatives from the UN and various member states, the EU, and various civil society organisations and global … Read moreDPI Director Kerim Yildiz takes part in High-Level Seminar on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes

Conflict Resolution: The Irish Experience – Women’s Roundtable, February 2015

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Dublin, Ireland from 15th – 18th February 2015, regarding the Irish experience of conflict resolution. During this visit, key actors from the Northern Ireland peace process were met with, and the role of the Republic of Ireland was explored … Read moreConflict Resolution: The Irish Experience – Women’s Roundtable, February 2015

Comparative Study Visit: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience and International Experiences, Dublin and Belfast, 19-23 April 2015

DPI carried out a five day comparative study visit to Ireland last week, exploring the peace process in Northern Ireland and in particular the role played by international parties. Participants in the visit included members of Turkey’s Wise Persons Committee, as well as high level journalists, civil society leaders, policy advisers and academics. The visit … Read moreComparative Study Visit: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience and International Experiences, Dublin and Belfast, 19-23 April 2015

The process of Resolution from the Kobani Incidents to the June Elections

This assessment by Ali Bayramoğlu outlines the author’s perspectives on the development of the solution process in Turkey over recent months, focusing on the challenges faced in relation to the resolution of the Kurdish conflict since events in Kobane in 2014, and projecting likely developments in advance of the 2015 elections. This assessment is part … Read moreThe process of Resolution from the Kobani Incidents to the June Elections

Roundtable Meeting: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience, Dublin, 15-18 February 2015

DPI’s third roundtable meeting focusing on women’s role in conflict resolution, and the gendered effect of conflict, took place over four days in Dublin this week. The women only delegation in this activity included key actors from Turkey’s process, ranging from civil society leaders, academics, members of the Wise Person’s Committee, policy advisors, lawyers, and … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: Conflict Resolution, The Irish Experience, Dublin, 15-18 February 2015

A Study into the Ways to Better Incorporate Women into Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Through the Implementation of UNSCR 1325

This paper will seek to address why it is that, as of yet, Resolution 1325 has not been truly successful in terms of its implementation. In doing so, it will first explore the resolution’s three “pillars”: (1) participation, (2) prevention, and (3) protection, providing a platform from which to understand why it is that the … Read moreA Study into the Ways to Better Incorporate Women into Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Through the Implementation of UNSCR 1325

DPI marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 25 November 2014

DPI marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November 2014 with a series of activities, including talks by expert speakers in the area of gender and conflict, film screenings and discussion. A new paper on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 has also been published, along with … Read moreDPI marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 25 November 2014

Roundtable Meeting: The Role of Language, Media and Identity in Conflict Resolution, Istanbul, 8 November 2014

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) in partnership with Istanbul Bilgi University last weekend held a roundtable meeting at Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of Language, Media and Identity in Conflict Resolution. The aim of the roundtable was to examine the role of language, media and identity in conflict resolution and democratic advancement.

DPI Afghanistan Programme: Comparative Study Visit to Turkey

  DPI Afghanistan Programme: Participants from Afghanistan visited Istanbul and Ankara for a series of Roundtable meetings this October, including in Turkey’s parliament and at SETA, and including a dinner reception hosted by Norwegian Ambassador to Turkey, His Excellency Ambassador Janis Bjørn Kanavin.                         … Read moreDPI Afghanistan Programme: Comparative Study Visit to Turkey

DPI Director Kerim Yildiz contributes to Iletisim publication on Conflict Resolution

This publication looks at comparative conflict resolution processes internationally, offering comparative perspectives from different regions. Case studies include Northern Ireland and South Africa, among others, which are examined in relation to the Kurdish Question in Turkey. Contributors include academics and experts in the field of conflict resolution experts. This book is one if the first … Read moreDPI Director Kerim Yildiz contributes to Iletisim publication on Conflict Resolution

Publication of New Paper on the Role of Diaspora in Conflict Resolution

This paper examines the role that diaspora populations can play, if any, in the resolution of conflict, exploring the question from a global perspective, and looking at the various ways in which diaspora groups have intervened in conflict and contributed to conflict resolution and democratisation processes internationally. https://www.democraticprogress.org/makers-or-breakers-of-peace-the-role-of-diasporas-in-conflict-resolution/  

DPI Council of Experts Member and Member of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s Wise Persons Committee Yilmaz Ensaroğlu, Discusses DPI’s Work with Turkey’s Daily Sabah Newspaper in an In-Depth Interview on Conflict Resolution in the Context of Turkey’s Kurdish Question

The following is an excerpt from the interview: There were meetings arranged by one of the leading institutions on conflict resolution, the Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), in countries such as the Republic of South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Turkey, some of which you attended. Regarding the reconciliation process from the perspective of conflict … Read moreDPI Council of Experts Member and Member of Prime Minister Erdoğan’s Wise Persons Committee Yilmaz Ensaroğlu, Discusses DPI’s Work with Turkey’s Daily Sabah Newspaper in an In-Depth Interview on Conflict Resolution in the Context of Turkey’s Kurdish Question

Diary of an Intern – My Experience with Democratic Progress Institute (DPI)

The Democratic Progress Institute offer three month internships and are keen for their interns to share their experiences. Many thanks to David Comley for writing this section which we hope will be of use to those thinking about applying. I started interning at the Institute just over month ago and I will be here for … Read moreDiary of an Intern – My Experience with Democratic Progress Institute (DPI)

Final in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 27 to 31 May 2014

During this visit, hosted by the Irish Government, participants from Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) met with key actors from the Irish peace process, to discuss issues relating to conflict resolution. The aim of the visit was to examine the peace process in Northern Ireland, to gain a deeper understanding of consolidating lessons … Read moreFinal in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 27 to 31 May 2014

Second in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 6 to 10 May

During this visit, hosted by the Irish Government, participants from Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) met with key actors from the Irish peace process, to discuss issues relating to conflict resolution. The aim of the visit was to examine the peace process in Northern Ireland, to gain a deeper understanding of consolidating lessons already learned … Read moreSecond in DPI Series of Political Party Comparative Study Visits to Ireland: 6 to 10 May

Roundtable Meeting: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution – The Irish Experience

DPI Roundtable Meeting: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution – The Irish Experience Dublin, Ireland 9-12 April 2014 The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) last week held a roundtable meeting in Dublin, Ireland, on the subject of Civil Society’s Role in Conflict Resolution, focusing on the Irish experience of this topic. Participants in this … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution – The Irish Experience

DPI publishes assessment of Turkey’s process

This report aims to present an examination of the current process that is taking place in Turkey, regarding the resolution of the Kurdish Conflict. Numerous individuals and organisations were met with in various regions throughout Turkey and elsewhere, to try to discern public perceptions of recent events in Turkey, commonly referred to as the ‘process’. … Read moreDPI publishes assessment of Turkey’s process

DPI Comparative Study Visit to Ireland: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution 28 November – 1 December 2013

The Democratic Progress Institute last week conducted a Comparative Study Visit to Dublin and Belfast, from 28 November to 1 December 2013. The activity was facilitated by the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. The overarching aim of the visit was to examine the role of women in conflict resolution, through examining the Northern Irish peace process. During the visit, … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit to Ireland: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution 28 November – 1 December 2013

Roundtable Meeting: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution

DPI Roundtable Meeting: ‘The role of Women in Conflict Resolution’ Van, Turkey, 28 September 2013 The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI), in conjunction with Yüzüncü Yıl University, this weekend held a roundtable meeting in Van, Turkey, on the subject of the Role of Women in Conflict Resolution. The aim of the roundtable was to broaden bases … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: The Role of Women in Conflict Resolution

King’s College London blog publishes DPI ‘Diary of an Intern’

The Democratic Progress Institute are always really keen to make sure King’s students know all about the 3 month internships they offer and often get their interns to share their experiences with us.  Thanks to King’s student Alice Curci for this post which should certainly whet your appetite to apply! I came to know about the … Read moreKing’s College London blog publishes DPI ‘Diary of an Intern’

DPI’s Comparative Study Vist to South Africa Completed

Participants returned yesterday from the Democratic Progress Institute’s Comparative Study Visit to South Africa, which was hosted by the South African government, and took place from 30th April – 7th May 2013. The aim of the visit was to explore the South African experience of conflict resolution and the transition to democracy. Participants in the … Read moreDPI’s Comparative Study Vist to South Africa Completed

DPI Comparative Study Visit to South Africa: 30th April – 7th May 2013

At the invitation of the South African Government, DPI is organising a Comparative Study Visit to South Africa, to take place from 30th April – 7th May 2013, which will explore South African experience of conflict resolution and the transition to democracy. Participants in the visit will include Members of Parliament from Turkey’s ruling Justice … Read moreDPI Comparative Study Visit to South Africa: 30th April – 7th May 2013

Roundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution’

‘The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution’ – Roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 6 April 2012. The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) this weekend held a roundtable meeting at Point Hotel, in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of civil society’s role in conflict resolution. Among participants were some of Turkey’s most renowned journalists and media personalities, … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Resolution’

New Expert Paper by Ned Thomas: Enabling Minority Languages

Linguistic minorities and the majorities with whom they co-exist have traditionally been embroiled in conflict. In the last decades of the twentieth-century the European Union opened dialogue with, and offered support to the minorities in the context of an emerging European citizenship and deeper European integration. Although the process of EU integration has faltered, at … Read moreNew Expert Paper by Ned Thomas: Enabling Minority Languages

New report: The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution

This report details the discussion that took place during the Democratic Progress Institute’s roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 14th November 2012, regarding the role that local media can play in conflict resolution.  The media are crucial actors in peace building and democratic reform at local, national and international levels, and can influence and shape … Read moreNew report: The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution

DPI Strategic Retreat

DPI Strategic Retreat – Held at Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich on the 4-5 February 2013. DPI staff, Board of Directors and a number of Council of Experts members spent a two-day Strategic Retreat in Suffolk this month.

Expert Paper: ‘After ETA? Catalonia, Euskadi and the Spanish Constitution’

Written by Ned Thomas, this expert paper aims to examine and compare the sources of conflict and processes of negotiation and conflict resolution within the Spanish state in relation to the autonomous communities of Catalonia and Euskadi – roughly from the death of Franco in 1975 up to the 2012 elections in both these communities. While the years of … Read moreExpert Paper: ‘After ETA? Catalonia, Euskadi and the Spanish Constitution’

Two new working papers published

Two new working papers have been published today and are now available to download from our publications section. ‘Civil Society Mediation in Conflict Resolution’ examines the suitability of different civil society actors as mediators in conflict resolution both as part of the official process and independently through an exploration traditional mediator characteristics exemplified through case studies of Northern Ireland and … Read moreTwo new working papers published

Silk Commission suggests referendum to give Wales tax powers

The Commission on Devolution in Wales (also known as the Silk Commission) is an independent commission with the aim of reviewing the case for devolution of fiscal powers to the Welsh Assembly. A landmark report was produced by the commission this month, which recommends devolving tax and borrowing powers to the National Assembly. The report … Read moreSilk Commission suggests referendum to give Wales tax powers

Recruiting for General Interns

We are currently seeking to recruit voluntary interns to work 3-5 days per week. Internships generally last for three months unless agreed otherwise. Unfortunately, DPI is not able to offer any financial compensation to interns and so these positions are unpaid. The positions are general internships which will involve a wide variety of duties depending … Read moreRecruiting for General Interns

Roundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution’

‘The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution’ – Roundtable meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 14 November 2012 The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) yesterday held a roundtable meeting at Cezayir conference centre, in Istanbul, Turkey, on the subject of the local media’s role in conflict resolution. Among participants were Members of Parliament; some of Turkey’s most renowned … Read moreRoundtable Meeting: ‘The Role of Local Media in Conflict Resolution’

Article by DPI Director Kerim Yildiz: “Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict: Pathways to Progress”

Published in Insight Turkey, this article by the director of the Democratic Progress Institute, Kerim Yildiz, examines the potential for progress to be made in negotiations for the resolution of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey. The article reflects on the steps that might be taken as part of a roadmap to achieve a political settlement, … Read moreArticle by DPI Director Kerim Yildiz: “Turkey’s Kurdish Conflict: Pathways to Progress”

Briefing Paper: ‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’

‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’ The Democratic Progress Institute would like to announce a new briefing paper written by Cengiz Çandar, veteran journalist and columnist specialising in areas such as the ‘Kurdish Question,’ and a former war correspondent. Çandar served as special adviser to former Turkish … Read moreBriefing Paper: ‘The Next Two Years Ahead of Turkey: Two Leaders, Two Different Lines, Two Readings’

Roundtable in Istanbul, Turkey, 19 September 2012

   ‘THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION   DPI today held a Roundtable meeting at the Çırağan Palace Hotel, in Istanbul, Turkey. Among participants were Members of Parliament from all of Turkey’s main political parties, some of Turkey’s most renowned journalists and media personalities, representatives from civil society including leaders of women’s groups, a … Read moreRoundtable in Istanbul, Turkey, 19 September 2012

Seminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

DPI recently organised a seminar and roundtable discussion, which took place at Oxon Hoath Manor, Kent, United Kingdom, from 24th – 26th   June 2012. The seminar included talks by international experts in the area of constitution building, including Prof. Dr. Mithat Sancar and Prof. Dr. Sevtap Yokuş, constitutional law experts from Turkey; as well as Prof. … Read moreSeminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

Comparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kingdom, 21-24 June

‘LANGUAGE, CULTURAL AND IDENTITY RIGHTS, AND DEVOLUTION IN WALES’   DPI recently organised a Comparative Study Visit to Wales, United Kingdom, which began on 21st June and was completed on 24th June 2012. The visit was hosted by the Welsh Government, and included numerous roundtable discussions with participants and key note speakers, in government buildings … Read moreComparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kingdom, 21-24 June

Comparative Study Starts With Welcome Dinner

Yesterday evening, the DPI comparative study visit to Wales, United Kingdom began with a welcome dinner for particpants held in London at Lincoln\’s Inn. The dinner was hosted by Sir Kieran Prendergast and guests included Jonathan Powell, speaker Ned Thomas and the comparative study participants. Today, the group are traveling to Cardiff for the next … Read moreComparative Study Starts With Welcome Dinner

Forthcoming Seminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

DPI is organising a seminar and roundtable discussion, to take place at Oxon Hoath Manor, Kent, United Kingdom, from 24th – 26th June 2012. This seminar will include talks by international experts in the area of constitution building, and will include roundtable discussions with participants. Invitees include journalists, academics, civil society representatives and Members of … Read moreForthcoming Seminar in Kent, United Kingdom, 24-26 June: ‘Constitution Making in a Divided Society’

Forthcoming Comparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kindom, June 21-24

‘LANGUAGE, CULTURAL AND IDENTITY RIGHTS, AND DEVOLUTION IN WALES’ DPI is organising a Comparative Study Visit to Wales, United Kingdom, to take place from 21st – 24th June 2012. This visit will be hosted by the Welsh Government, and will include numerous roundtable discussions with participants and key note speakers, to take place in government … Read moreForthcoming Comparative Study Visit in Wales, United Kindom, June 21-24

DPI Hosts Roundtable on Media and Conflict in Istanbul

DPI today hosted a roundtable event at Cezayir, Galatasaray in Istanbul (Saturday 28th April 2012). Participants included journalists, academics, civil society representatives and Members of Parliament. Panel speakers at the event were Don Macintyre of The Independentnewspaper in the United Kingdom; Dr. Peter Busch of King’s College London; and Prof. Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu of Galatasaray University. The … Read moreDPI Hosts Roundtable on Media and Conflict in Istanbul

Roundtable at Galatasaray University, Istanbul, 28 April: ‘The Role of the Media In Conflict’

DPI’s forthcoming roundtable event will take place at Galatasaray University in Istanbul on Saturday 28th April 2012. Participants will include journalists, academics and civil society representatives. Panel speakers will include Don Macintyre of The Independent newspaper in the United Kingdom; Dr. Peter Busch of King’s College London; and Prof. Dr. Yasemin İnceoğlu of Galatasaray University. The … Read moreRoundtable at Galatasaray University, Istanbul, 28 April: ‘The Role of the Media In Conflict’